An Irish man injured his leg while doing a difficult yoga pose and needed a ten-day hospitalisation after the incident.
Whilst in his morning yoga class, the 38-year-old yoga man attempted to do a complicated yoga pose called Marichyasana posture B and fractured the thigh bone of his right leg, a report published October 9 in the journal BMJ Case Reports noted.
Marichyasana posture B pose requires sitting down and bending the torso to the floor, all whilst having one knee bent and drawn upwards.
When he got into the Marichyasana posture B pose, the man heard a cracking sound and felt an excruciating pain in his right thigh bone (femur). According to the case report, the man collapsed to the ground, could not move, and had to be carried to the emergency room (ER) by an ambulance.
At the hospital, the man was not able to straighten out his leg and doctors had to administer him IV morphine to reduce his pain.
Dr. Andrew Moriarity, an orthopaedic resident at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, said that the man suffered a low-energy femoral shaft fracture (stress fracture). Low-energy referrers to the force needed to break the bone – which in this case is low.
The low-energy fractures occur when people fall from low heights, or when they engage in a twisting motion, Dr. Moriarity said.
According to Moriarity the man in Ireland fractured his right thigh bone four inches (ten centimetres) above the knee joint. Some types of yoga injuries can occur, but fractures are very rare especially in younger, healthy people.
The 38-year-old man had been practising yoga for about two years at the time he got his leg injured (in 2014). Every morning, the man would practise Ashtanga yoga – which is a lot more physically demanding than other styles of yoga – for an hour.
The man reported feeling a dull pain in his right thigh two weeks before the injury occurred. A physical therapist told him that is was only a muscle strain and that he could return to practising yoga.
“The pain he felt in his thigh was likely a stress fracture, a warning of impending fracture if he continued to apply stress to this area,” Moriarity stated.
Doctors had to perform surgery on the man to treat the femoral shaft fracture, and they inserted a titanium rod inside the man’s femur.
Five months after the surgery, the man could walk again with no pain. He has not give up yoga, but he now practises less strenuous postures.
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